Drama at Pate’s is exciting and vibrant. Students are pushed not only academically but also in the wider life of the school to take risks, be independent and create theatre that matters to them.
At Pate’s there is a range of co-curricular opportunities to become involved in Drama. At lunch times, the Performing Arts Block is buzzing with students whether they be practising their monologue for Cheltenham festival, wracking their brains to refine that last puzzle of their own group performances, or attending one of our lunch time clubs. Year 7 and 8 Drama Club offers a chance for students, mentored by GCSE students, to meet up with like-minded peers who enjoy Drama whether it be lighting, staging, acting, dance or singing! Students work together to explore practical drama exercises, produce mini performances during the lunchtime hours and also a Performance Showcase for friends, family and staff. Likewise in Year 9 Drama Club students are able to learn about practitioners, new styles and bring texts to life. Whole -school shows are a regular part of wider school life and each summer, over 800 students take part in our annual House Drama event. Many of our students continue their love for Drama outside of school, taking part in local theatre companies, competing in competitions and undertaking exams in theatre and public speaking.
Drama is also a serious academic subject and the subject thrives at Pate's at both GCSE and A - Level with students regularly choosing to go on and study the subject at University and beyond.
For students who are interested in technical side of theatre, the school has an incredible 'Tech Team' - full of students who support our school shows and other public events. As a school we are fortunate to have some excellent technical facilities and students at Drama club regularly experiment with our new move lights and lighting board!
"Drama at Pate's is simply amazing - where else can a team of 6th Formers write, compose and direct a full length musical with such professionalism and seeming ease? Well done to all involved!" (Pate's Parent)